Womin djeka Balnarring Ngargee is a festival designed to promote cross-cultural awareness by celebrating Balnarring’s First Peoples cultures as well as connecting the community with the culture of the Country. The festival demonstrates a commitment to reconciliation and creates an opportunity for the community to learn about the culture of the Traditional Owners by sharing cultural knowledge, experiences and practices through workshops, music and food.
It will feature amazing First Peoples artists such as Key Hoo, winners of the Archie Roach Foundation Award for Emerging Talent at the 2019 Victorian Music Awards; Nola Lauch, a Kirrae-wurrung woman who has lived on the Peninsula for most of her life; Pirritu (Brett Lee), a Ngiyampaa man and singer/songwriter; and Carissa Nyalu, a Yorta Yorta Dja Dja Wurrung singer/songwriter living on Boon Wurrung Country on the Peninsula.
The festival is on Saturday, March 14, from 10am-8pm at Robertson Park and Camping Reserve, Balnarring Beach. There is also a community breakfast and Wayapa session incorporating movement, meditation and a connection to the 14 elements of nature and the land on Sunday, March 15, from 8-11am.